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42-50290

B-24 Liberator

Assigned to 389th Bomb Group in April 1944 as a replacement ship. Declared 'War Weary' in September and fitted with an M-10 Rocket launcher in December 1944. Later loaned to the 458th Bomb Group. Sent to 3rd Strategic Air Depot in May 1945 and salvaged from 26-31 May, 1945.

Service

Units

  • 389th Bomb Group

    389th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 389th Bomb Group, known in more familiar terms as "the Sky Scorpions", flew strategic bombing missions in B-24 Liberators from Hethel, England. They also sent detachments to join bases in North Africa at Benghazi No. 10, Libya, between 3 July 1943...

  • 458th Bomb Group

    458th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 458th Bomb Group (H) entered combat with the 8th Air Force in February 1944. Based at Horsham St. Faith in England, the combat crews participated in the decisive Campaigns 'Big Week', 'Big B', D-Day and the assault on Germany's oil industry waged...

  • 565th Bomb Squadron
  • 3rd Strategic Air Depot

Places

  • Hethel

    Military site : airfield
    Construction of Hethel airfield began in 1941, and was finished in late 1942. The number of hardstandings was increased from the planned 36 to 50 in 1942, in order to accommodate a full heavy bomb group. The 320th Bomb Group occupied the base for ten...

Events

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
20 January 2022 08:36:43 Emily Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, production block number, manufacturer, nicknames, description, unit associations, place associations and media associations
Sources

Joe Baugher, B-24 Best Web

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